The Rabbit Patch Ltd

3 Year Enterprise-led Funded PhD: Ref.No.75

Designing a Citizen-led Coastal Observation and Engagement Platform

This project offers the successful applicant the opportunity to work with an SME, community representatives, coastal practitioners and researchers to develop an online application to help improve our understanding of the coastal environment.  Specifically, this project will develop a platform to manage volunteered geographic information which can be used to help shape policies and practices for increasing resilience from and adapting to climate change.

This project would be suitable for applicants with a background in developing online applications, remote sensing,  and with a strong interest in data management. Applicants should be confident in conveying complex information in simple ways that encourage community engagement.

Industry Partner

The PhD Project will be supervised by Lancaster University and Rabbit Patch Ltd.  Rabbit Patch is an independent service provider who specialise in graphic design, web solutions and educational marketing. The director of the company is passionate about the coastal environment and working with communities to understand, value and practically maintain beach frontages through volunteer beach cleans and education.  She has also worked successfully on a number of significant coastal development projects promoting community engagement.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will:
• Receive £15,000 tax free per year
• Have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth c£4,195/year (UK/EU students pay nothing, and fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,510/year to £13,315/year.)
• Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.
The post is subject to confirmation of funding.

Application Deadline

12pm (UK time), 15th of September 2017

Provisional Interview date: 25th of September 2017

Start date: October 2017



How to apply

To apply for this opportunity please email with:

Please quote reference number CGE 75.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.